Transfer Orientation

Welcome to UIS.  We are so glad you chose our University!

We know you have been to another college or university already, but Transfer Student Orientation is a great way to get acquainted with the University of Illinois Springfield campus and our students, staff and faculty. Our transfer orientation will help you to become more knowledgeable of what UIS has to offer and make your transition to the UIS campus much easier.

* Students attending classes at the University’s Peoria Center or participating exclusively in online programs are not required to attend the orientation programs on the Springfield campus. Students in these programs will receive information about orientation programming from their departments. 

* This Transfer/Graduate Orientation coordinated by the Office of New Student Orientation is for US domestic students accepted into a UIS degree program. Undergraduate Transfer International Students will be attending the New International Student Check-in and Orientation programs coordinated by the Office of International Student Services. Please visit International Student Services for more information on the their programs, visa information, the International Student Orientation Fee and other required paperwork.  

Transfer/Graduate Orientation Brochure (cover)
Transfer/Graduate Orientation Brochure (cover)

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2017 Semester

We will hold our last Transfer/Graduate Student Orientation session for students admitted to the spring semester (January), on Tuesday, January 10.  Spring classes begin January 17.

Students should contact their academic advisor by phone or email to discuss what classes to take during their first semester and then register for classes before attending their Transfer/Graduate Student Orientation session.

Only new domestic undergraduate transfer students (US citizens/permanent residents) who have been admitted to a degree program at UIS can participate in this program.  We also encourage our new students to bring up to two family members or guests with them so they can learn more about UIS. You can register for this session using the link below. This is no charge to attend this program, so if you are able to attend take advantage of the time on campus to Take Care of Business!


You should arrange to meet with an advisor prior to coming to Transfer/Graduate Orientation. Transfer students: if you have any last minute questions or need to check on other class options, advisors will be available to consult during the Last Chance Advising session. Be aware that there may be a wait for some advisors due to the demand of certain majors or programs. Last Chance Advising is not meant to take the place of an advising session with your assigned advisor.

Where to Go for Advising

Undergraduate Transfer Students who will have 30 or more transfer hours accepted by UIS should contact their college advising office to meet or speak with an advisor before the orientation session or registering for classes.

* College of Business and Management
Renee Clausner at or call (217) 206-8273.
Erin Sotelo at or call (217) 206-6782.

* College of Education and Human Services
Martin Martsch (Social Work) at or calls (217) 206.7571.
Heather Nielsen at (217) 206-6934.

* College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Andy Egizi (Communication, Liberal Arts, Sociology/Anthropology, and Visual Arts) at or call (217) 206-7456.
Beverly Weddle, College Secretary for English, History, Philosophy advisor contact information at or call 217-206-6512.
JP Viray (Biology, Chemistry, and Clinical Laboratory Sciences) at or call  (217) 206-8224.
Robin Vancasik (Psychology and CLAS General Education Advisor) at or call (217) 206-6573.

* College of Public Affairs and Administration at or call (217) 206-6523.
Jamie Newby (Criminology and Criminal Justice and CPAA General Advisor for on ground majors) at
Dennis Ruez (Environmental Science) at
Gwen Jordan (Legal Studies) at

* Undergraduate Students who will have 30+ transfer credits accepted and who are transferring to UIS as undeclared or undecided should contact the Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support (OASIS) at or call (217) 206-7471.

*Please note, students transferring fewer than 29 hours are considered freshmen and required to attend the two first-year mandatory orientation: KickStart & Launch Week.

Register for our Transfer/Graduate Orientation. Click here for online form.


Schedule for January 10 (last session for spring 2017 admits)

1:30-3 p.m.     Check-in, University Hall Building (UHB), 1st Floor Lobby

1:30-3 p.m.     Taking Care of Business: last chance advising for transfers, register for classes, get your i-Card, meet with Financial Assistance Counselor, pick up parking passes if you ordered online (August and January session only), drop off immunization form and records, get student insurance/waiver information, set up any additional payers, or take a campus tour. Refreshments will be available.

1:30-3 p.m.     Campus Opportunities Fair: Meet representatives from campus departments and learn more about their programs, services, or resources available.

3-4 p.m.     Prairie Star Welcome and Presentations:

* Welcome from New Student Orientation & Parent Relations
* Financial Aid
* USFSCO: Customer Service and Cashier’s Office
* I-Card, Meal Plans, and Campus Cash

4-4:30 p.m.     Office of Advising Services, Information & Support Academic Overview for Transfer Students.


Getting to Campus:  Driving Directions

Parking – November:  Lot C-North and Lot D are the closest visitor parking lots to the PAC Teardrop Entrance. Please note that Lot C-South is a permit-only lot. January: Lot D, Lot G, and Lot F are closest to the UHB.

Please pay attention to the signage on the parking lots. Please refer to the “Visitors and Residential Student Parking map” at

Check-in and Location  Orientation check-in will be located on the 1st floor of the Public Affairs Center (PAC) by the Teardrop entrance in November and the 1st Floor Lobby of the University Hall Building in January. There will be signs around campus and inside the building entrances to direct you to the check-in. See the schedule for your Orientation session for the check-in time.

Things to Bring to Orientation

  • Government Issued ID: Passport, Driver’s License, State ID (if you do not have a driver’s license) for your i-Card;
  • Proof of Immunization (Completed Immunization From and copies of records);
  • Degree Audit Report (DARs)  – in case you have a last minute question for advisors;
  • Notes on what classes you should register for based on your advisor’s recommendations;
  • Cash in case you want to eat in the Food Emporium Dining Hall (we are providing refreshments, but you might want something more).


Students or Family Members with Disabilities

Should you need accommodations during orientation please indicate this on your registration form or contact our office at least three weeks before your Orientation Session if we need to schedule sign language or Spanish-language interpreters.

Spring 2017 Students Moving Into On-Campus Residence Halls, Apartments and Townhomes

Transfer Students who are moving into UIS’s on-campus residence halls, townhouses, or apartments can get their keys from the Department of Residence Life.  Please refer to their website for times and dates for spring move-in.

 For Students Admitted to the Summer and Fall 2017 Semesters

Registration for the June (Summer and Fall), July and August sessions will be available February 1. You have to have been admitted to the university in order to register for orientation.  Please see our Future Orientation Dates page for the dates. And check back in late January for more information about our programs and schedules.

For Students Admitted to the Spring 2018 Semester

We will have dates posted in our Future Orientation Dates page in early October 2017 for Spring 2018 Orientation program dates.